Author: Christian Bendek

September’s Scents at Penha

This month’s selection of fragrances are special to me since I used them during a special time for me, my birthday month. I am bringing you two options: a new discovery and an updated version of a classic I’ve been using for a while. The Dunhill Icon Absolute is first—which is an absolute, pun-intended, favorite the second I smelled it. The scent is woody and super masculine, which is exactly how I like all of my perfumes. Also, the fact that Dunhill is not that well-known among the youngsters so it does have this very cool and exclusive vibe to it— which is another reason why I really like it. It can be difficult to describe a perfume or a specific scent, but the Icon is pretty easy to nail down. It has notes of leather and tobacco, jasmine and rose and smells like heaven. It mixes well with your own natural scent too. I definitely encourage you to try it the next time you visit the Penha store.   Second scent, the Mercedes Benz Man, which …

A DOLCE BIRTHDAY

So… I turned 21 last weekend, and I can’t  be more happy about it. I like birthdays, like New Years, I feel like they give you a new opportunity to start fresh with new goals and taking new changes. You feel more hopeful, I remember my dad always being more optimistic and energetic right after his birthday.  The best part of birthdays, minus feeling special and doing what I please, cake and treats…..THE GIFTS. This past weekend I wandered the streets of  New York and went to a few cool places downtown to celebrate. Here is my (Dolce) Birthday Suit and all the Dolce & Gabbana pieces I wore this weekend. Let me know your favorite pieces in a comment below. Also, you are still on time to wish me a  happy belated birthday :)!

CLINIQUE FOR MEN

My face tends to look shiny, and the heat in Aruba doesn’t really help. I recently tried the Oil Control mattifying moisturizer by Clinique For Men which I really love for two beneficial reasons, moisturize my skin and keeping my face from looking oily and give it a more matte finish. You can wash your face multiple times and no matter how clean it is it will get shiny throughout the day, it’s only natural. However, you can control that with the new cream from Clinique. Some guys use some grooming products and make up applications, I typically use some products for photo-shoots and such, however, as far as a daily routine goes– I usually apply this Clinique moisturizer after the shower in the morning. I picked up this product at Penha a while back and have been using it religiously since. So, kids, if you’re looking for a cream that will help with the shine and keep you looking proper at all times, look no further. All those photos and selfies that you will …

The Ritz-Carlton Cancun

Cancun is definitely a place to love. I recently got back from a four-day escapade with The Ritz-Carlton Cancun. The city is way bigger than I imagined and has a whole lot to offer besides from the beautiful turquoise waters and the friendly and polite people of the city. This isn’t my first time to Mexico, however, it is my first time visiting la Riviera Maya, and it was the perfect way to top off the summer season. Every experience that The Ritz-Carlton offers is always the best of the best: From the food and location to the staff and entertainment. On my first night at the hotel, I had the chance to experience the Chef’s Table with Chef Mara Barba, which I highly recommend if you want an intimate dining experience. The menu for the night was Mexican cuisine with a local twist. We were treated to a 6-course meal, which was prepared inches away from us, and in between bites we sipped on local Mexican wines. As she cooks she explains the story …

What’s that perfume that you wear?

So… I’ve been browsing for new perfumes and I visited Penha to try and purchase a few for the upcoming season.  Here the top 3 that caught my attention and nose. Dylan blue by Versace. Here’s to hoping this whole outfit ends up on the floor wearing the new fragrance Dylan Blue from Versace. The scent has a fresh Citrus vibe that is both masculine and versatile, and most importantly it blends with your natural scent and isn’t obnoxious by any means. If you want a cologne that will make a statement- Dylan Blue is for you. L’Envol Eau de Toilette by Cartier Last year I had an opportunity to try and wear L’Envol by Cartier, an elegant and woody cologne that is sweet, masculine, nocturnal and proper for the dapper gentleman. L’Envol Eau de Toillete is a little fresher and vibrant, however, still maintains a few characteristics of the original. This is a fragrance you don’t wear to the office, but an important cocktail reception or gala, or even a special date. The cologne …

Summer in New York

From, Versace to Dolce&Gabbana, Louis Vuiton to Tomas Maier, Ferragamo to Ankari Floruss, here my favorite looks from the past 4 weeks in the city that never sleeps. Dolce&Gabbana Capri Bermuda Shorts, Ankari-Floruss sneakers. Dolce&Gabbana jacket, jeans and shoes. H&M Studio Tank top.  All Saints shirt, Paul Hewitt watch, Saint Laurent Sunglasses.  Dolce Gabbana Tank top, Ferragamo pants, Ankari Floruss sneakers. Dolce&Gabbana Capri polo shiert, Zara jeans, Ankari Floruss sneakers.  Versace top, Zara pants, Ankari Floruss sneakers. Parke and Ronen top, Louis Vuitton pants, Ankari Floruss sneakers. Versace sweater, Ferragamo pants.  Ferragamo top and pants, Ankari Floruss sneakers. Saint Laurent sunglasses. All Saints shirt, Zara pants, Ankari Floruss sneakers. Dolce&Gabbana polo shirt and bermuda, Ankari Floruss sneakers. Dolce&Gabbana tank top and bermuda short. LIfe after denim shirt, uniqlo jeans. Ankari Floruss sneakers. Tod’s gominno loafers and belt, Zara pants. Louis Vuitton shirt, Orlebar Brown chinos, Ankari Floruss Sneakers. Ferragamo top, Dolce&Gabbana bermuda, Ankari Floruss sneakers. Ferragam shirt, Dolce&Gabbana Bermuda. Saint Laurent sunglasses. Burberry jacket. Ferragamo sweater, Zara jeans, Ankari Floruss sneakers. Versace Collection Shirt, H&m Studio Tank top, Zara jeans, Ankari Floruss …

BACK IN BERMUDA | Louis Vuitton

And…we’re back in Bermuda for the 35th America’s Cup Presented by Louis Vuitton. Yes… I’m back, only after three short weeks, and I say this without any complaints. This time I had the opportunity to visit the beautiful Island of Bermuda with Louis Vuitton to check out the semi-finals of the America’s Cup. We checked out the races boat-side On board of the gorgeous Spirit of Bermuda. Joining me and the LV team were some of my dear friends, in addition to new ones. We sipped on some champagne while enjoying the oldest race in history and one of the most prestigious events in the world. For the event, I wore some pieces wearing some of my favorite picks from the newest Louis Vuitton America’s Cup collection. Of course, there was some downtime between the races to enjoy the Bermuda beaches. We were fortunate to stay at one of the top-rated hotels on the Island, The Hamilton Princess, which is filled with iconic art pieces and possibly the best restaurant on the island, Marcus. Huge …